The urge to get my art out was so overwhelming that I didn’t even pay attention to the risk.
How/When/Why did Beyoncé become Beyoncé? A lot of things probably led to her superstardom but I think these words capture something important. I jotted them down after Danielle Laporte posted them on facebook, and I think she paraphrased them from Beyoncé’s movie about herself. I thought the movie was a little…eh…but the album she released more recently, the day after my birthday in December to be precise, I’ve listened to about a billion times. If you spot me in Shanghai bouncing on a corner to an invisible beat while I wait for the light to change, I am probably listening to BEYONCÉ.
My obsession may pass, but there is so much that is inspiring, powerful, fun, honest, playful, and bold on the album. It made me remember when I saw the famous midwife Ina May Gaskin speak years ago. She proposed a strategy for making big shifts for women in the greater culture, to help bring about less violence towards women, equal treatment, ethical birth practices, less body shame. etc. etc. etc. Her idea was to counter all the phallic images scattered around town squares and government buildings by adding giant vagina sculptures to public spaces. The audience giggled a little, but her point is solid. Social dynamics are influenced by so many cues, arts and media and statuary included. At the time I pictured Niki de Saint Phalle-esque sculptures populating our landscapes, but I think something like this album is a kind of big vagina in the town square—in a really great way. It’s got all the usual trappings of a #1 pop album, but the female viewpoint is strong and fierce…that is how it feels to me. (On that note, stay tuned for more MORE WOMEN AT THE MIC posts this year.)
"The urge to get your art out." Let’s keep thinking about that. Some of the young artists I met at Spark Box last summer expressed this sentiment—that they knew they would just do whatever they needed to to get their work out. It really struck me. It’s that simple "nothing to it but to do it" cliche again, isn’t it? What do you think? What do you want to share with the world so badly that you set your worries, anxieties, and fears aside? When and how will you do that? When and how will I do that? I guess it’s probably 50% scary and 500% awesome. Maybe it’s not just new age nonsense, it might be how awesome things happen. Damn. Okay.
(You know I write these loves notes for you but of course they are for me, too.)
I might, *might* be getting the the end of the road of posting friday love notes every week, so I can make room for other things. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and you can always revisit them using the link in the sidebar.
Wishing you a sweet weekend!